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A Photo Gallery of
Special Childhood Memories of Our Dolls
 
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A Moment in Time, Captured on Film ~*~*~
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It is so enjoyable to get a peek into the past by looking at old photos.  

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CHILDHOOD DOLL PHOTOS - PAGE
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 Five year old Arlene, stands in the middle of a field with her baby doll that could very possibly be a Horsman Dimples.  It seems I can see a definite dimple in the doll's cheek and it has that wonderful happy grin.  Back of photo is dated, Oct. 30, 1928.  Wonder if Arlene took the doll trick-or-treating the next day?

 

 

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I obtained this photo with the one above, so I am assuming these girls are related.  This is 8 year old sister Fae, with her pretty mama doll.  Photo is also dated 1928.  Mama dolls were very popular during the 20s and there is nothing particularly distinguishing about the doll to allow me to guess on the maker. With Fae's proud expression, I'm sure she gave her baby lots of love.

  

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Stumbled upon this photo in our daughter's baby book.  This is me back in 1980 bringing home my second daughter from the hospital.  We are waiting for my husband to bring the car around.   I gave my older daughter, who had just turned 3, her own baby in a car seat so that she could be a "new mommy" too.  She no longer has this doll (an inexpensive dime store find), but she still has the memories of a very special day!
  

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Bobbie loved her Bonnie Braids SO much that she wouldn't go anywhere without her.  After her aunt carefully styled her hair in finger curls, JUST LIKE BONNIE'S in 1954, she insisted on posing with her best friend, to show them off.  Bobbie still has her Bonnie Braids to this day and plans on passing her down to the next generation.  Hope you were able to pass down those beautiful curls too, Bobbie!

  

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Baby Jen, ... meet Baby Nancy.

Jen didn't realize that she was making a life long friend when she opened this gift from her mother, Barb.  This is Shindana's Baby Nancy from 1972.  Barb had bought it in Hawaii as a gift for her daughter and still has this doll today.  Though Baby Nancy has had a few haircuts along the way, she remains a very special "little person" in the family and has sparked an interest in Barb for doll collecting.

 

 

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Vanessa shares with us a photo of her older sister Bonnie in 1954 posing with three beautiful new dolls at Christmas.  The bride doll and standing ballerina appear to be from the same maker (perhaps, Horsman Cindy dolls?), while the ballerina sitting in front was Vanessa's doll and I think it might have been made by Valentine.  She said she and her sisters enjoyed playing with these dolls through the years until they finally just fell apart!

  

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This is Vanessa and her older sister Bonnie in 1961.  Bonnie's doll is unidentifiable but it appears to be older, perhaps a compo type from the 30s or 40s, with this style of foot (could it have belonged to a relative?).

Vanessa holds a very lovely high-heeled fashion doll (sometimes referred to as a grocery store doll as they were often sold at markets instead of toy stores).  These fashion beauties were very popular in the late 50s, early 60s.

 

 

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Well, well, well.  You learn something new about yourself every day!  This is ME in 1951 at just 2 mos. old, fascinated by this dolly staring back at me.  I found this picture in an old baby photo book that my mother had stuck away in a drawer.  She had never finished the book (not surprised) but had a few photos and notes in it.  Lo and behold there was this picture of me I never knew existed, with Ideal's Bonnie Braids!  It was noted that the doll was a gift from my Godmother, Margaret.  I never knew I had a Bonnie Braids doll, wonder whatever happened to her.

  

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